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BMW Z3 item created by Brian H, Aug 23, 2013
Will need to do the brake lines too any time soon
I thoroughly enjoyed reading that, keep us update Brian.
Nice vehicle, love the colour , next upgrade go M.
Ha ha, I have thought about that sooooooo many times.
Update 14 - Snetterton Video 2015
A few laps from my recent trip to Snetterton, that big ball in the sky plays havoc with the camera at some points - Sorry!
Seeing this I can't wait to get back on the track myself.
Link to Darren Teagles photos of Snetterton, enjoy
Love it lots!! JIM
A little bit of work this weekend
Oh joy you have fun with those rear bearings, let me know how you get on
Will do @Lee, the rear swing arms are coming off to replace the bushes so the bearings will be getting replaced at that point. I have a hydraulic press so hopefully this will help
P.S. Just passed 1000 posts
Brian, crack the nuts before removing the swing arms, you won't do it on the bench, I learned that during my refurb, if you can crack the torque off the nuts then you can use normal gear pulling equipment to remove bearings. Also there is a lock plate on each nut which will need extracting out before trying to remove the nut.
Thanks Rich, already got theses nuts off, bruised knuckles and bent my favourite breaker bar doing them...... b*****.
We often have to use 3/4" sockets on those nuts, they are FT. NOT my favourite job in the world I have to admit.
I nearly succumbed to adding a 3/4" socket and breaker bar to my tool chest but a little bit of heat helped out. You are right @t-tony, there are FT.
Too true Brian, I have a 3/4" socket set from when I was self employed, it got me out of the brown stuff more than a few times I can tell you.
ps. Hope all the repairs go well for you.
I think there over 200nm, so you will need a good torque wrench on refit...
Update 15 - Brake Protection Plates Part 1
So Last weekend (11/5/15) I started the dreaded Brake protection plate replacement, seems an awful lot of work to change a simple metal disc but I have no choice. For a while now I have had a work around which held the rear handbrake shoes to the brake protection plate, this work around has been quite successful but it failed again the other day prompting me to sort the problem once and for all. I took some pics on the way
As our cars become older some pieces start to fail and the tin worm even sets it, below is a picture of a rear handbrake shoe that has lost its retaining clip and spring…….Again. With the clip and spring away the handbrake shoe can rub up against the inner drum part of the brake disc giving the most horrendous squealing sound!
Pushing back the drive shaft out of the hub, the stud kit and wheel spacer came in really handy for this
I made two small brake hose adaptors to attach to the rear brake pipes, this stops fluid dripping everywhere.
Here they are in use, not the exhaust hanger is removed for easy access.
After several hours of disconnecting nuts/bolts/brake pipes/cables/connectors you end up like this.
Rear trailing arm on the bench, hub removed from the wheel bearing and brake protection plate removed, note I had a bolt in each trailing arm snap ….. what to do?
Drill it out, tap the new hole and fit a helicoil.
Jobs a good un
More to come.
Update 16 - Brake Protection Plates Part 2
The wheel bearing are being replaced whilst the trailing arms are off these just pushed out with my press, I say just pushed out it took between 4 - 5 ton of pressure to get them moving.
Next job, replace the trailing arm bushes. I removed the outer rubber collar with a hacksaw.
Next, time to improvise, an adapted coach bolt acted as a bush press tool. The top was ground down to fit through the trailing arm where the bushes sit, the centre divot is for the bearing extractor tool.
Press tool being used in anger.
Half way out the little b******
With the trailing arms now completely stripped, they looked in a sorry state so today they were taken off to the power coaters for a strip down, zinc coat and powder coat in gloss black, get them back Friday.
Love it mate.